The 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

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The Competition itself will take place from Saturday 7–Wednesday 11 September 2019 inclusive. Competitors will be expected to arrive in London no later than Friday 6 September and leave on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Competitors

Dominic Barberi

Dominic BarberiDominic Barberi

Bass

After graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dominic Barberi joined the Berlin Staatsoper Opera Studio supported by the Liz Mohn Foundation under the guidance of Daniel Barenboim. Highlights of his performances there include Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème and a Lieder recital in the Apollo-Saal. Recent roles include Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Montpellier, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in Mannheim, Alvise Badoero in Ponchielli’s La Giaconda in Innsbruck, Publio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen in Braunschweig. In 2017, he represented England at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and was a finalist in the International Vocal Competition ‘s- Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, where he received the Handel Award.

Dominic will be accompanied by Keval Shah, official pianist for the Competition.

Harriet Burns / Michael Pandya

Harriet BurnsHarriet Burns

Soprano

Harriet Burns won the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform with Michael Pandya, the 2017 Paul Hamburger Prize for Lieder, and the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition. She is a Samling Artist and a Britten–Pears Young Artist. She will shortly embark on her final year on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Harriet has worked with pianists such as Graham Johnson, Christopher Glynn, James Baillieu, Sholto Kynoch, Sebastian Wybrew and Ian Tindale at festivals and concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Ryedale Festival and Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist. Her debut solo album as part of Graham Johnson’s complete Brahms songs for Hyperion Records will be released in August 2019.

 

Michael PandyaMichael Pandya

Piano

Michael Pandya has appeared in performance alongside Graham Johnson, Jonathan Lemalu, Robin Tritschler and Eamonn Dougan. In 2018, he won the Gerald Moore Award, the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with duo partner Harriet Burns. Recent performing engagements include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Newbury Spring Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, and live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. He studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having obtained degrees from the University of Oxford and Royal Academy of Music.

Ronan Caillet / Malte Schäfer

Ronan CailletRonan Caillet

Tenor

Ronan Caillet studied singing, French horn and music theory at the conservatoires of Colmar and Strasbourg. Since finishing his Bachelor's degree at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, he has gone on to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’ under Berthold Schmid. He has attended masterclasses with Edith Wiens and Brigitte Fassbaender, and has worked with Helmuth Rilling, Reinhold Friedrich and the Freiburger Barockorchester. With pianist Malte Schäfer, Ronan reached the finals of the International Schubert Competition Dortmund and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. They also won the Preis der Opernfreunde Bonn in 2018, and have been invited to festivals such as the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker and Bonner Schumannfest.

 

Malte Schäfer copyright Karl Heinz JasmerMalte Schäfer

Piano

Malte Schäfer studied piano at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and as an Erasmus student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is currently completing his studies in chamber music and song accompaniment at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and, from September this year, at the Paris Conservatoire. He has attended international masterclasses given by Wolfram Rieger, Ralf Gothoni, Christoph Prégardien, and the Belcea and Fauré quartets. Malte won several prizes as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist at the ‘Jugend musiziert’ competition in Berlin, and the Piano Accompaniment Prize at the Maritim Musikpreis. He also holds scholarships from the Richard Wagner Verband and the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Association Hamburg.

Kieran Carrel / Richard Gowers

Kieran CarrelKieran Carrel

Tenor

Kieran Carrel studied in Cologne with Christoph Prégardien, and at the Royal Academy of Music. From 2019–21 Kieran will join the Oper Theater Bonn, where he will sing Jacquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Hotel porter in Britten’s Death in Venice and a role in Staatstheater by Mauricio Kagel. Kieran made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016 with Graham Johnson, returning with the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Song Circle in 2019. Another recent highlight was his debut in January at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin as part of the Heidelberg Lied Academy, receiving coaching from Thomas Hampson and Hartmut Höll. Kieran is also a 2019 Leeds Lieder Young Artist and was awarded the inaugural Leeds Lieder/Schubert Institute UK Song Prize.

 

Richard GowersRichard Gowers

Piano

Richard Gowers studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’, King’s College, Cambridge, and at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton. His prizes for song accompaniment include the Major Van Someren-Godfrey English Song Prize and the inaugural Leeds Lieder/Schubert Institute UK Song Prize. Past performances at Wigmore Hall include the final of the 2018 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and the UK’s first recital devoted entirely to the songs of Carl Loewe in April 2019. He is a sought-after orchestral keyboard player, chorus accompanist and répétiteur.

Rory Carver / George Todică

Rory Carver copyright Benjamin DurrantRory Carver

Tenor

Rory Carver is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he was a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds scholar, and is a 2019 Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera. Rory is a current member of the young artist programme of Les Arts Florissants, ‘Le Jardin des Voix’, with whom he is currently singing Don Anchise in Mozart's La finta giardiniera in Europe and Asia. Recent highlights have been the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Brighton Early Music Festival and Henry Crawford in Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park for Opera South.

 

George TodicaGeorge Todică

Piano

George Todică has recently completed an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, studying with Norma Fisher, having previously completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Jonathan Plowright, Norman Beedie and Graeme McNaught. As a concert pianist, he has won over 20 prizes at international piano competitions and has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Mozarteum Salzburg and the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile. Since 2017, George has been a Tillett Trust Young Artist and regularly collaborates with singers, as well as performing chamber music and solo concerts.

Guy Elliott / Bradley Wood

Guy ElliottGuy Elliott

Tenor

Guy Elliott studies at the Royal College of Music with Alison Wells, supported by the HR Taylor Trust and Help Musicians UK. As a concert soloist, Guy has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall and St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. For the RCM Opera Studio, Guy has sung Prince Phillippe in Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement and Toby Robinson in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoé. Forthcoming roles include several in David Blake’s Scoring a Century for British Youth Opera and Dr Miracle in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle for Wexford Festival Opera. Guy is a member of Wigmore Hall’s The French Song Exchange.

 

Bradley WoodBradley Wood

Piano

Bradley Wood is currently studying at the National Opera Studio. As a soloist, he has performed with many of New Zealand’s major orchestras, including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ and the Auckland Philharmonia. He has taken part in masterclasses by prominent artists and teachers, including Christopher Elton, Stephen Hough and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2015 he was awarded First Prize and the Audience Prize in the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. He has performed solo, chamber and song recitals in prestigious venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly, as well as having regular concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is currently Head of Music at the Bloomsbury Opera Company.

Kady Evanyshyn / Seoyon MacDonald

Kady EvanyshynKady Evanyshyn

Mezzo-soprano

Kady Evanyshyn will soon join the International Opera Studio at Hamburg Staatsoper. She premièred Stefano Gervasoni’s Drei Grabschriften for mezzo-soprano and piano, and recently performed Berio’s Folk Songs with Jeffrey Milarsky at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Forthcoming performances include Claire in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, Glascha in Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, and JS Bach’s Ich habe genug with Simone Dinnerstein. Past roles include Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Frau Reich in Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiben von Windsor and Annio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. Kady earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Edith Wiens.

 

Seoyon MacDonaldSeoyon MacDonald

Piano

Seoyon MacDonald has appeared on concert stages in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Recent highlights include performances at Lincoln Center, WQXR and Carnegie Hall in New York. Seoyon was a vocal piano fellow at the Aspen Music Festival 2018 and performed at the Franz-Schubert-Institut and SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. She is a co-founder of the Boston Art Song Society and is pursuing her graduate studies at The Juilliard School with Jonathan Feldman.

Rosina Fabius

Rosina FabiusRosina Fabius

Mezzo-soprano

Rosina Fabius studied in Utrecht, Vienna and at the Franz-Schubert-Institut. As a soloist she has performed widely in Europe and regularly at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, including a performance with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by Iván Fischer. In addition to giving solo song recitals, Rosina has collaborated in ensemble recitals with Robert Holl at the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist. Forthcoming invitations include a solo recital at the first Portuguese Bach Festival and the European première of works by American composer Dan Forrest. In 2018, Rosina won the Oratorio Prize at the International Vocal Competition‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

Rosina will be accompanied by Keval Shah, official pianist for the Competition

Laurence Kilsby / Bradley Wood

Laurence Kilsby copyright Eoin Schmidt MartinLaurence Kilsby

Tenor

Laurence Kilsby is currently an ABRSM scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Timothy Evans-Jones. He is the most recent recipient of the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers. Recent solo concert highlights include Peter Sellars’s staging of the St John Passion conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, JS Bach’s Mass in B minor at St John’s Smith Square and Handel’s Esther at Wigmore Hall. He has recently appeared in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at Waterperry Opera Festival, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Longborough Festival Opera, and will shortly be singing Apollo, Pastore and Spirito in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Nederlandse Reisopera.

 

Bradley WoodBradley Wood

Piano

Bradley Wood is currently studying at the National Opera Studio. As a soloist, he has performed with many of New Zealand’s major orchestras, including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ and the Auckland Philharmonia. He has taken part in masterclasses by prominent artists and teachers, including Christopher Elton, Stephen Hough and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2015 he was awarded First Prize and the Audience Prize in the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. He has performed solo, chamber and song recitals in prestigious venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly, as well as having regular concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is currently Head of Music at the Bloomsbury Opera Company.

Georg Klimbacher / Mauro Zappalà

Georg KlimbacherGeorg Klimbacher

Baritone

In the 2018/19 season, Georg Klimbacher made his debuts at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, at the Theater an der Wien and at Konzerthaus Vienna. He recently recorded Beethoven’s Schottischer Lieder, for release by Naxos in 2020. He has appeared at Musikverein Vienna, at the Internationaal Song Festival Zeist and at the Omaggio a Palladio Festival in Vicenza. Georg has worked with pianists such as Graham Johnson and Sir András Schiff, conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sascha Goetzel, as well as with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Lyon and Concentus Musicus Wien. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with Iris Dell’Acqua and Uta Schwabe.

 

Mauro ZappalàMauro Zappalà

Piano

Mauro Zappalà graduated from the Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Catania in 2016. He is currently studying song accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Charles Spencer. He has attended masterclasses with Aquiles Delle Vigne, Homero Francesch, Paul Badura-Skoda and Violetta Egorova and attended the Akademia Muzyczna in Kraków as an Erasmus student of Gajusz Kęska and Lech Napierała. He won the 2018 Theodor-Storm-Klavierpreis at the Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum masterclasses, and has performed as soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras in Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Belinda Kunz / Valentin Mansard

Belinda KunzBelinda Kunz

Mezzo-soprano

Belinda Kunz grew up among musicians in both Paris and Munich. She undertook vocal studies with Evelyn Brunner, Ludovic Tézier, Ivan Geissler and Jean-Dominique Burroni alongside her studies in literature and philosophy. Belinda now lives in Strasbourg, and has appeared in concert and on stage with Le Parlement de Musique under Martin Gester, the vocal sextet Voix de Stras, the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy with Martin Balke and the Kehler Kammerorchester conducted by Theodor Guschlbauer. In addition to opera performances, she gives regular song recitals with Valentin Mansard.

 

Valentin MansardValentin Mansard

Piano

Valentin Mansard graduated from the Haute école des arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, where he studied with Amy Lin. He then undertook a year at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, studying with Jerzy Sterczyński. He has performed as a soloist and in chamber music with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, L’Association des Jeunes Artistes Musiciens and Duo Duende. Valentin is now the accompanist for Theodor Guschlbauer's conducting class; he has also worked as a répétiteur on opera productions such as Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Massenet’s Don Quichotte and Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein, and gives regular song recitals with Belinda Kunz.

Benjamin Lewis / Tobias Kaltenbrunner

Benjamin LewisBenjamin Lewis

Baritone

Benjamin Lewis began singing as a student of Patrick McGuigan, and now studies with Nicholas Powell. After graduating from the University of Oxford, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio, and is now an ensemble member at Landestheater Detmold. His roles there include Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Valentin in Gounod’s Faust and Graf in Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz. This season he appears as Sparck in Offenbach’s Fantasio with Garsington Opera. He won First Prize at the 2017 Les Azuriales International Singing Competition, has received the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award, an Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship, the Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award, and is a Samling Artist.

 

Tobias Kaltenbrunner copyright WTobias Kaltenbrunner

Piano

Tobias Kaltenbrunner studied at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien with Carolyn Hague and Birgid Steinberger, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julius Drake and Pamela Lidiard, where he developed a passion for chamber music, particularly Lieder. He won the special prize for Lied accompaniment in both the 2011 Franz Schubert Song Competition at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz and the 23rd International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach in 2016. Tobias has performed in Austria at Oper Graz and Mozarteum Salzburg, in Germany, and in London at Milton Court and LSO St Luke’s.

Clara Osowski / Tyler Wottrich

Clara OsowskiClara Osowski

Mezzo-soprano

Clara Osowski, most recently recognised for her international excellence in her home state of Minnesota, received a 2018/19 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Musicians. In 2017, she won Second Prize at the Das Lied International Song Competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich and the Richard Tauber Prize for the Best Interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. Clara recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and came third in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal. In addition Clara is the co-founder and Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long song festival in the USA.

 

Tyler WottrichTyler Wottrich

Piano

Tyler Wottrich is an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University, where he serves as Artistic Director of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival. Tyler is the recipient of the Emerson String Quartet’s Ackerman Prize and has served on the collaborative piano faculty of the Banff Centre. He and Clara Osowski won Second Prize at the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition, as well as the Richard Tauber Prize for the Best Interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition.

Davidona Pittock

Davidona Pittock copyright Benjamin DurrantDavidona Pittock

Soprano

Davidona Pittock is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and a Westminster Opera Company Emerging Artist, for whom she sings Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème in July. She is currently playing the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with St Paul’s Opera. Davidona has performed opera and song throughout Europe, most notably the world première of Kalevi Aho’s Frida y Diego at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, as a finalist in the International Singing Competition Georges Enesco in Paris, and a live-stream of Marx Lieder coached by Roger Vignoles from the Royal College of Music. Her discography includes the first ever recordings of songs by Hageman, in collaboration with Nico de Villiers.

Davidona will be accompanied by Keval Shah, official pianist for the Competition

Theodore Platt / Dylan Perez

Theodore PlattTheodore Platt

Baritone

Theodore Platt won Third Prize at the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, Second Prize at the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and First Prize at the 2018 Lies Askonas Competition. He continues his studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio under Russell Smythe, helped by generous support from Marc Feigen, a Sybil Tutton Opera Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust. Recent engagements include the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen at the RCM, and performances with the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, the Verbier Festival Academy and the inaugural Wigmore Hall The French Song Exchange. Theodore read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016.

 

Dylan PerezDylan Perez

Piano

Dylan Perez is a recitalist, chamber musician and coach specialising in vocal repertoire. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he received Distinction in the Artist Diploma programme. Dylan has won the Gerald Moore Award and the Paul Hamburger Prize for accompanists. He is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Britten–Pears Young Artist and an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut. He has twice been a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and a semi-finalist at the Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg. Dylan has also recently been appointed a Junior Fellow in the Vocal Department at the Royal College of Music.

Emily Pogorelc / Chris Reynolds

Emily PogorelcEmily Pogorelc

Soprano

Emily Pogorelc is currently a member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2019/20, Emily appears as Masha in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and covers roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Previously, she has appeared at Washington National Opera as Cunégonde in Bernstein’s Candide, at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Noèmie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and as Romilda in Handel’s Serse at the Glimmerglass Festival. Emily received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and was awarded the Ginette Theano Prize for most promising talent at the inaugural Glyndeboune Opera Cup.

 

Chris ReynoldsChris Reynolds

Piano

Chris Reynolds is both a soloist and a collaborator. He is currently a doctoral student at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Brian Zeger, Lydia Brown, Jonathan Feldman, JJ Penna, and Cameron Stowe. A three-time winner of the Juilliard Honors Recital, he has performed at venues such as Bayreuth, Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood. He has been a fellow at SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and the Aspen Music Festival, and has worked at the Metropolitan Opera as an opera coach and répétiteur. Since 2016 he has been on the faculty of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt.

Tomi Punkeri

Tomi PunkeriTomi Punkeri

Baritone

Tomi Punkeri is currently studying at the Royal Opera Academy of Copenhagen with his teacher Jens Søndergaard. From 2011–18, he studied at Oulu University of Applied Sciences under Markku Liukkonen. Tomi was a semi-finalist in the Concours musical international de Montréal in 2018 and won a special prize at the Lappeenranta Singing Competition in Finland in 2016. His first main opera role was in Jukka Linkola's Abraham's Feast in 2018 in Helsinki. In addition to opera, Tomi has performed as a soloist in several oratorios and in Lied recitals throughout Finland and Denmark. Tomi holds a Bachelor of Church Music and a Licentiate of Medicine, both from the University of Oulu.

Tomi will be accompanied by Keval Shah, official pianist for the Competition.

Kieran Rayner / Gamal Khamis

Kieran Rayner copyright Benjamin EalovegaKieran Rayner

Baritone

Kieran Rayner studied at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Russell Smythe, supported by an Independent Opera Fellowship and the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation. Kieran is a Young Artist with Garsington Opera, the Verbier Festival, Samling Arts, the Britten–Pears Foundation, and won the Royal Over-Seas League Crashaw Prize for Outstanding Overseas Musician 2018. He has performed principal roles with Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, Eternity Opera New Zealand, British Youth Opera and Euphonia Opera, as well as eight roles at the RCM Opera Studio. Concert highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall, at Buckingham Palace with John Wilson, and a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

 

Gamal KhamisGamal Khamis

Piano

After gaining a degree in Mathematics from Imperial College London, Gamal Khamis completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. Gamal recently toured Australia and New Zealand; this year he performs recitals in France, Denmark and Sweden, and at the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. He is a Samling Artist, Park Lane Group Artist, Concordia Foundation Artist and a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet. In 2017, Gamal won the Help Musicians UK Award for Accompanists at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Collaborative Piano Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.

Benjamin Russell / Manon Fischer-Dieskau

Benjamin RussellBenjamin Russell

Baritone

Benjamin Russell studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Zurich Opera International Opera Studio with Sylvia O’Regan and Brenda Hurley. He is currently an ensemble member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he has sung many leading roles. A keen concert and recital singer, Benjamin has performed internationally at various venues including the Aldeburgh Festival, Müpa Budapest, Kurhaus Wiesbaden, Hong Kong City Hall, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Competition successes include Third Prize at the ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ Singing Competition in 2018 and the Joan Sutherland Prize for Most Promising Singer at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in 2010.

 

Manon Fischer DieskauManon Fischer-Dieskau

Piano

Manon Fischer-Dieskau studied at the Purcell School of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Manon has performed solo and chamber music concerts around the world; she particularly enjoys working with singers and has studied twice at the Franz-Schubert-Institut with artists such as Christa Ludwig, Elly Ameling and Robert Holl. Manon was awarded the Hodgson Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music where she chose to focus on songs by Hugo Wolf. Most recently, Manon won Second Prize in the pianists section of the International Helmut Deutsch Song Competition.

Michael St. Peter / Jeremy Chan

Michael StMichael St. Peter

Tenor

Michael St. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. In 2013, he made his debut at Lincoln Center New York in a recital of Benjamin Britten folksongs at Alice Tully Hall. He is the recipient of Encouragement Awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Competition, and took Second Prize at the 2018 McCammon Voice Competition. Michael recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah and sang Don Ottavio in Tulsa Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

Jeremy ChanJeremy Chan

Piano

Jeremy Chan’s recent engagements include multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall and performances with Opera America, Choirs of America, Manhattan Concert Productions and Delaware Valley Opera. He has also sat on the selection committee for the Steinway & Sons Junior Piano Competition and the American-Australian Arts Fund. Jeremy has recorded for Naxos. He received degrees from Queens College and Manhattan School of Music, and has been awarded fellowships from Tanglewood Music Center, The Juilliard School, the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Aspen Opera Center, Miami Wagner Institute and the Vancouver International Song Institute.

Jacquelyn Stucker / James Hendry

Jacquelyn Stucker copyright Jonathan NesterukJacquelyn Stucker

Soprano

American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker studied for her Master’s degree at Bard College and her Doctorate of Music Arts at the New England Conservatory. She is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, and has sung Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Prilepa in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Alessandro in Handel’s Berenice and Aphrodite in Henze’s Phaedra. Jacquelyn is also a published translator, and her translation of Berg’s Wozzeck was recently released by Pendragon Press. In the 2019/20 season, she will sing Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberföte and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on Tour and Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Boston Lyric Opera. She will make her debut in forthcoming seasons at Oper Stuttgart, Opera Australia and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

 

James HendryJames Hendry

Piano

James Hendry is a graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, where he acted as pianist and assistant conductor and worked closely with Sir Antonio Pappano. James grew up in Kingston upon Hull and was one of the first students to be accepted onto the Yorkshire Young Musicians Programme, where he studied piano with Robert Markham. He went on to study with Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music and then with Kevin Thraves as a répétiteur. Whilst at the RNCM, he won many accompaniment awards in all of the major song competitions.

Matthew Swensen / Katelan Terrell

Matthew SwensenMatthew Swensen

Tenor

Matthew Swensen graduated from The Juilliard School in 2017 and is now the youngest member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt. He made his debut there at the beginning of the 2018/19 season as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. After stepping in at the last minute with the Bayerisches Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, he has been engaged to sing at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Hannover and at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. He will make his operatic debut in the UK as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Cadogan Hall with Ian Page and The Mozartists.

 

Katelan TerrellKatelan Terrell

Piano

Katelan Terrell is a pianist and coach currently on the roster of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme at the Metropolitan Opera. An avid song recitalist, she studied at the Franz-Schubert-Institut, SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, and ‘The Song Continues...’ at Carnegie Hall. This summer she participated in the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, attending both the Opera Arias and Singing Britten courses. Katelan is on the faculty of the Chautauqua Institution and The Juilliard School, where she received her Master’s degree in collaborative piano under Margo Garrett, Brian Zeger and Jonathan Feldman.

Dorota Szczepańska / Maria Yulin

Dorota Szczepanska copyright Anna SwieczkowskaDorota Szczepańska

Soprano

As an active solo and chamber musician, Dorota Szczepańska has worked with orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia, Royal Baroque Ensemble, Polish Radio Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom she recorded under the baton of Lee Reynolds. Dorota completed her studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, where she studied with Marek Rzepka and Jan Philip Schulze. Among her most recent roles are the title role in Handel’s Semele conducted by Howard Arman, and two modern stage premières of baroque operas: Leonardo Vinci’s Semiramide riconosciuta in Warsaw and Johann Adolph Hasse’s Arminio in Prague.

 

Maria Yulin copyright Boaz AradMaria Yulin

Piano

Maria Yulin has won awards at numerous international solo and chamber music competitions. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician regularly throughout Europe and Israel at venues such as the Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and Musikhuset Aarhus. Maria was born in St Petersburg, then emigrated with her family to Jerusalem. In 2009, she began studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Gerrit Zitterbart, and later studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Klaus Hellwig. Maria currently studies at the HMTM Hannover with Lars Vogt and Jan Philip Schulze, and holds a teaching position at the UDK Berlin.

Beth Taylor / Hamish Brown

Beth Taylor2Beth Taylor

Mezzo-soprano

The 2019/20 season will see Beth Taylor give recitals Europe-wide, and make soloist debuts at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the New Generation Festival in Florence, Opéra de Lorraine, La Monnaie Brussels, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Köln and Opéra de Lyon, as well as at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Beth graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. She is currently studying with Jennifer Larmore and Iain Paton and will commence her final stage of training at the Zurich International Opera Studio in the 2019/20 season. Beth was a semi-finalist at the 2018 International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands and won First Prize at the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award last September.

 

Hamish BrownHamish Brown

Piano

Hamish Brown is currently the Lord and Lady Lurgan Piano Accompaniment Fellow at the Royal College of Music, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and recipient of the 2019 Mozart Singing Competition Pianist Prize. In 2017, Hamish became an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, collaborating with tenor Peter Harris, which has led to performances at St John’s Smith Square, the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. Hamish has also performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Festival Hall, and at the Aldeburgh, Leeds Lieder and Deal festivals.

Mikhail Timoshenko / Elitsa Desseva

Mikhail TimoshenkoMikhail Timoshenko

Bass-baritione

Mikhail Timoshenko studied at the Mednogorsk Conservatoire and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar. In 2016, he won First Prize at the International Competition Bordeaux Médoc, and in 2017 won the Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opéra National de Paris Prize, First Prize at the Siemens Opera Contest and the International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Greece. With Elitsa Desseva, he was awarded First Prize at the 2018 Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition in Graz, First Prize at the 2018 Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart, the Second and Audience prizes for Lied Duo at the International Schubert Competition Dortmund in 2018, and Third Prize and the Yamaha Prize at the 2019 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition.

 

Elitsa DessevaElitsa Desseva

Piano

Elitsa Desseva studied at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar; she is currently a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Elitsa received the First and Special prizes at the Karl-Adler Competition in Stuttgart in 2016 and the First Prize at the International Student Lied Duo Competition in 2017, both with mezzo-soprano Polina Artsis. Elitsa has participated in masterclasses with Elena Ashkenazy, Piotr Anderszewski, Bernd Glemser, Boyan Vodenicharov, Natalia Trull and Aquiles Delle Vigne. She has been awarded both the Deutschlandstipendium and the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Scholarship.

Felicity Turner / Natalie Burch

Felicity TurnerFelicity Turner

Mezzo-soprano

Felicity Turner graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Distinction in 2017, and has studied on the Master’s courses at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist. A Britten–Pears and Leeds Lieder young artist, Felicity is currently supported by The Opera Awards Foundation. She has performed in recital at Wigmore Hall and the London Song Festival, and is a member of the song collective SongSpiel, with whom she looks forward to residencies at Snape Maltings later this year. Recent operatic roles include Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Ryedale Festival Opera, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, and Golden-Tressed Maiden in Maxwell Davies’s The Hogboon with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.

 

Natalie BurchNatalie Burch

Piano

Natalie Burch is the winner of the Accompaniment Prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards, a Samling Artist, and a Britten–Pears and Leeds Lieder young artist. Recital highlights include Brahms’s Liebeslieder, Walzer at Wigmore Hall, performances at the Little Venice and Oxford Lieder festivals, and forthcoming tours of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Thought Machine with SongSpiel and Britten’s Les Illuminations with Héloïse Werner. Natalie graduated with first class honours in music from King’s College London and received her Master’s with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied with Eugene Asti and Andrew West. She previously studied at Chetham’s School of Music.

Keval Shah – Official Pianist for the 2019 Competition

Keval ShahKeval Shah

Official Pianist for the 2019 Competition

Keval Shah is increasingly in demand as a song accompanist and chamber musician, appearing at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at the Aldeburgh, Oxford Lieder and Heidelberger Frühling festivals. Among his recent engagements are recitals at the Buxton and Edinburgh festivals. Forthcoming highlights include a debut album with Linn Records and the continuation of a project to perform the complete songs of Wolf. Keval studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both institutions with distinction. In September 2019, he joins the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music as a vocal coach and becomes an Edison Fellow at the British Library.

Jury

John Gilhooly OBE

John Gilhooly, Artistic and Executive Director of Wigmore Hall / Chairman, Royal Philharmonic Society

songcomp2019 bio jury johngilhooly kaupokikkasJohn Gilhooly became Director of Wigmore Hall in 2005, making him, then, the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls. He had been Executive Director of Wigmore Hall since December 2000 and has overseen the artistic, financial and administrative transformation of the Hall over the past 17 years. His tenure has produced record box office returns and the Hall’s highest ever membership levels and annual fundraising. As Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall, he programmes the largest chamber music and song series in the world, and he is noted for his commitment to outstanding emerging artists, diversity and contemporary music.

John Gilhooly has been honoured by heads of state and academic institutions. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in 2015 was made a Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of Finland. He has also received the prestigious Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, and the Order of the Star of Italy (Cavaliere), awarded by the President of Italy. In 2016 he was awarded the German Order of Merit, which is Germany’s highest civilian honour. He is a recipient of Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (2006), Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music (2012), Honorary Fellowship of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2015), and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (2016). John Gilhooly is Patron of Leeds Lieder and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley

songcomp2019 bio jury johnmarkainsleyJohn Mark Ainsley has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras, including the London, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, the London, Berlin, Vienna, Rotterdam and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, and with conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Solonen, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

In opera he has sung Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival and Royal Opera, Covent Garden); the title role in Samson (Netherlands Opera); Grimoaldo Rodelinda (English National Opera); Jupiter Semele (San Francisco Opera); Bajazet Tamerlano and the title role in Idomeneo (Munich Festival); Captain Vere Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival); Henze’s L’Upupa (Salzburg Festival) and Phaedra (Berlin Festival); and Skuratov in Janacek’s From the House of the Dead at the Amsterdam, Vienna and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, La Scala Milan and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin.

He has recorded extensively for Philips Classics, Decca, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Hyperion Records, covering the baroque and classical repertoire, German Lied, English song and American musicals. His recording of Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge with the Nash Ensemble was nominated for a Gramophone Award.

John Mark won the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music. 

Iain Burnside

Iain Burnside

songcomp2019 bio jury iainburnside tallwallmediaIain Burnside is a pianist who has appeared in recital with many of the world’s leading singers, and as presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Voices he won a Sony Radio Award. Recent recordings include the Gramophone Award-winning NMC Songbook and complete Rachmaninov songs on Delphian.

His theatre piece A Soldier and a Maker, based on the life of Ivor Gurney, was performed at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival, and later broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Armistice Day. His new project Swansong has been premièred at the Kilkenny Festival.

This is the final instalment in a series of the three Schubert song cycles with Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall. Forthcoming projects feature Ailish Tynan, Rosa Feola, Andrew Watts, Robin Tritschler and Benjamin Appl, and also a major series of Russian Song for Wigmore Hall.

Iain Burnside is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera.

Iain Burnside appears through arrangement with Askonas Holt

Bernarda Fink

Bernarda Fink

songcomp2019 bio jury bernardafink juliasweselyBernarda Fink, born in Buenos Aires to Slovene parents, received her musical education at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón.

As one of the most sought-after singers in concerts and recitals and much acclaimed for her musical versatility, she frequently performs alongside leading orchestras and conductors in Europe and America. With a  repertoire that ranges from ancient to contemporary music, she regularly appears with the Philharmonic Orchestras of London, Prague, Vienna and Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland- and Philadelphia Orchestras, and with the foremost Baroque orchestras under Blomstedt, Bychkov, Chailly, Davis, Gardiner, Gergiev, Harnoncourt, Jacobs, Jansons, Muti, Norrington, Pinnock, Prêtre, Rattle and Welser-Möst. Mrs. Fink is welcomed regularly in Argentina and at the main opera houses of Europe and often appears in recitals at the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall. Some of her nearly 50 recordings have been awarded coveted prizes (Diapason d’Or, Grammy).

In 2006, Bernarda Fink was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science and in 2013, together with her brother Marcos Fink, the most prestigious cultural award of Slovenia sponsored by the Prešeren-foundation. In 2014 the Austrian Ministry of Arts awarded her with the title Austrian Kammersänger.

David Jackson

David Jackson

songcomp2019 bio jury davidjacksonDavid Jackson is Artistic Director of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, one of the most highly regarded classical singing competitions in the world. He has been a producer, executive producer and commissioner of television and radio for the BBC and the independent sector. His programmes have won many awards including a Primetime Emmy, BAFTAs, the Rose d’Or, SONY Awards, a number of Golden Prague and Vienna TV Awards and many nominations.

Posts include Head of Music at BBC Wales, Vice Principal at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Acting Director of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, and Managing Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain.

In addition to his professional work David served for a number of years as a Trustee of the Wales Millennium Centre. He is a Trustee of chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru, sits on the Governors’ Music Committee of Wells Cathedral School, is a Governor of Ysgol y Deri Special School in Sully, and chairperson of the Forget-Me-Not Chorus for people with dementia and their carers. In October 2017 he became Chair of National Youth Arts Wales, the organisation responsible for the National Youth ensembles of Wales.

Graham Johnson OBE

Graham Johnson OBE

songcomp2019 bio jury grahamjohnson clivebardaGraham Johnson is Senior Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He formed the Songmakers' Almanac in 1976, and has worked with Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Peter Pears, Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Dame Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip Langridge, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Ann Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quastoff, Dorothea Röschmann, Alice Coote, Christine Schaefer and Peter Schreier. His extensive discography includes the entire Schubert and Schumann Lieder for Hyperion Records.

He was made OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours list, Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2002, and Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010. He was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, Hugo Wolf Medal, and received Honorary Doctorates from Durham University, the New England Conservatory of Music and Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

Dame Felicity Lott

Dame Felicity Lott

songcomp2019 bio jury felicitylott christinaraphaelleDame Felicity Lott is one of Britain's best-loved sopranos. She read French at Royal Holloway College, of which she is now an Honorary Fellow, and singing at the Royal Academy of Music, of which she is a Fellow and a Visiting Professor.

On the opera stage, her performances of the Strauss and Mozart roles in particular have led to critical and popular acclaim worldwide. She has sung with the world’s leading orchestras including the London, Vienna, Berlin, Munich and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Concertgebouworkest, the Deutsche Staatskapelle, the Cleveland, Suisse Romande and Tonhalle orchestras, as well as the Boston and BBC Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Solti, Mehta, Haitink, Welser-Moest, Masur, Armin Jordan, Previn, Sir Andrew Davies, Rattle and Philippe Jordan.

She is a Dame Commander of the British Empire and a Bayerische Kammersängerin, and has also been awarded the titles Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. She received the Wigmore Hall Medal marking her significant contribution to the hall in 2010, and most recently, she has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 International Classical Music Awards.

Natalie Murray Beale

Natalie Murray Beale

songcomp2019 bio jury nataliemurraybeale benjaminealovegaCreative director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Natalie Murray Beale was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow #32onestowatch in 2015 and was selected in the same year by the Dallas Opera for their inaugural institute for Women Conductors.

As a guest conductor, she has performed with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Malta Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia and the London Symphony Chorus. Also experienced in the pit, opera credits have included performances with the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Croatian National Theatre Zagreb, Theater Bonn, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête à Tête, Opera Holland Park and Spitalfields Festival.

Highlights of her 2018/2019 season include her Barbican Hall debut with the Britten Sinfonia as well as debuts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. She also tours to Colombia with the Philharmonia.

Murray Beale trained as a pianist and, after working with Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne as a coach and repetiteur, she became Guest Director of the London Symphony Chorus where she collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Xian Zhang, Marin Alsop, Daniele Gatti and Sir Colin Davis on a wide range of concerts at the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall.

After studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Murray Beale continued her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, London. Her initial conducting training was with the Finnish conductor and pedagogue, Jorma Panula.

Thomas Quasthoff

Thomas Quasthoff

songcomp2019 bio jury thomasquasthoff berndbrundertFor almost four decades, Thomas Quasthoff set the standard on international stages before ending his outstanding singing career in 2012. He retains close ties to music as a teacher at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, in masterclasses, as a concert narrator, and in readings. He has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras under conductors such as Abbado, Barenboim, Haitink, Eschenbach, Jansons, Muti, and Rattle, as well as in opera. His operatic debut in the role of Don Fernando (Fidelio) at the Salzburg Easter Festival was highly acclaimed as well as his remarkable début at the Vienna State Opera as Amfortas/PARSIFAL. Thomas Quasthoff has held many residencies including at Vienna’s Musikverein, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, and Wigmore Hall. His recordings have received numerous awards, including three Grammys. Having dedicated himself to Lied for many years, he founded the “Das Lied” International Song Competition in 2009.

Thomas Quasthoff has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Culture Prize for Music, the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and was conferred the title of Österreichischer Kammersänger.

Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes

songcomp2019 bio jury richardstokesRichard Stokes, Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, has given many lectures and masterclasses on Lieder and art song in the UK and abroad, and is a regular juror at international Song Competitions.  For the operatic stage he has translated Wozzeck and La voix humaine (Opera North), and Parsifal, Lulu, L’Amour de loin and Jakob Lenz (ENO). His books include The Spanish Song Companion (with Jacqueline Cockburn), J.S. Bach – The Complete Cantatas (Scarecrow Press), A French Song Companion (with Graham Johnson) (OUP) and The Book of Lieder (Faber). 

With Alfred Brendel he collaborated on the latter’s Collected Poems: Playing the Human Game (Phaidon). His translations of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial have been published by Hesperus Press, and Alma Books published his translation (with Hannah Stokes) of Kafka’s Letter to his Father.  Penguin Classics published The Penguin Book of English Song – Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden in the Spring of 2016, and Alma Classics have recently released his translation of Jules Renard’s complete Histoires Naturelles in a dual-language edition (2017). Richard Stokes was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

Ailish Tynan

Ailish Tynan

songcomp2019 bio jury ailishtynanBorn in Ireland, Ailish Tynan received the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize in 2003, was a Young Artist for the Royal Opera House and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Her operatic engagements have included Podtotshina’s Daughter in The Nose for the Royal Opera House, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel for the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, Tigrane in Radamisto for English National Opera, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte for Teatro alla Scala Milan, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for Royal Swedish Opera, Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict for Houston Grand Opera and Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen for Grange Park Opera.

A prolific recording artist, her releases include Fauré Melodies for the Opus Arte label and Nacht und Träume for Delphian, both with pianist Iain Burnside. Season highlights include a US and European tour with The English Concert, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marc Albrecht, and Britten’s War Requiem with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Ailish Tynan appears by arrangement with Steven Swales Artist Management

Contact

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Venues

The Preliminary Round, the Semi-Finals and Final will be held at Wigmore Hall.

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2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

Saturday 7 September 2019 11:00AM

Preliminary Stage: Day 1

2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition © Benjamin Ealovega

2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

Sunday 8 September 2019 11:00AM

Preliminary Stage: Day 2

2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition © Benjamin Ealovega

2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

Monday 9 September 2019 3:00PM

Semi-Final Round

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2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

Wednesday 11 September 2019 6:00PM

Final and Prize-Giving